melbell

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  1. I am trying to make a pot scrubber for a friend who just got a bunch of cast iron cookware. I know they are quite inexpensive to buy, but I thought it would be nice to actually make it for her as a gift. I did a chainmail project with aluminum rings several years ago, but I had no idea what I was in for when I bought 16g 5/16 inch stainless steel rings. OUCH are my hands sore. I knew that my jeweler's pliers wouldn't be hefty enough for the job, so when I ordered the rings I also ordered two of the Ring Lord brand wide nose pliers. I have already "modified" the handles to make them bigger and comfier by wrapping them with generous amounts of that first aid wrap stuff that sticks to itself. That helped A LOT, but I still have a problem with the pliers slipping and sliding around on the rings. I'm having to squeeze so tight to get them to hold that I'm giving myself blisters. I really don't want to spend money on another set of pliers with teeth, when I have no plans to make anything else. Is there anything I can do to make the jaws of the pliers less slippery? I'm not worried about the scratching the rings because, you know, function over beauty. Also, I don't have access to any sort of power tools that I could use to roughen up the jaws and make them more grippy.
  2. Thanks guys that's great. The wood bead looks way better than the cord stop so that should work just perfectly as long as i can find one I like! Or maybe a bone one or something like that. THANKS!
  3. Excuse my ignorance, what keeps the bead from coming loose before you want it to?
  4. So my first chainmail project ever is going to be a dice bag as a gift for my husband who is about to start playing Dungeons & Dragons. I'm making a simple drawstring style pouch and I would like something a little more medieval looking than a black plastic cord lock. I would rather have something he doesn't have to tie to keep it shut, but I have no idea what i could use besides a plastic cord lock. Any ideas?